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Comment Archives: Stories: News + Opinion: City

Re: “Free to Be Furry? Group Fights to Wear Animal Costumes in Burlington

I know this is an old article and that my post is well past prime time, but as a member of the furry community I have to point out one of the comments that was made about Furries "not being performers" and that they do not "add to the VIBE of the city" is just totally a bunch of crap. First off I would like that person to put one of these suits on and try it out, then tell me it is not a performance. Secondly, I dare that person to contact the City of Pittsburgh, PA and ask them about the furries and their impact on the city! Ask the city of Pittsburgh if they are pleased with the nearly $7 million that Anthrocon pulls into the cities local economy each year. Ask the city if its citizens enjoy the fursuit parade that has now been opened to public that has the potential to draw even more dollars into the economy each year. Pittsburgh has itself a gold mine with Anthrocon and would be foolish to give it up (although I don't think that would ever happen now).

Posted by Andrew Kelley on 11/18/2016 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Way to go Charlie and Christine! I grew up at the mouth of the river. Spent every summer at the boathouse with my brothers, cousins and friends. Mr. & Mrs. Auer were the sweetest couple. They loved all the kids that hung around. I'm so happy that Charlie and Christine are still running it. I will stop to see them on my next visit to Vermont!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Shelia Marquis on 08/23/2016 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Fantastic idea and story. Would love to paint there to support them. Let us know when the next time is. Thank you. Jennie Kristel

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Posted by Jennie Kristel on 08/20/2016 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Artists Rally to Keep Charlie's Boathouse Afloat

Thanks so much for a sweet, tender, and delightful story about Charlie's Boathouse! Yes, it will take a community effort to save such a treasure. I'll be interviewing Charlie next week for StoryCorps. Can't wait!

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Megan Humphrey on 08/19/2016 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

The author seems very keen to associate the police with the community. Community is in the eye of the beholder. Since "community" has more in common with artwork than policing, might you consider rebranding the police to the Burlington Cezanne Police Department, or the Shelburne Da Vinci Police, or Hinesburg Picasso Police, or Colchester Matisse Police (I like it), and Winooski Rembrandt Police? The officers uniforms could be made from duplicate canvas from famous paintings. Really, I would just like the police to be the police!

Posted by Matt Galloway on 07/21/2016 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I believe you forgot to mention that Brandon del Pozo wrote a scholarly paper enthusiastically supporting racial profiling by police. In that paper he also defended "Stop and Frisk" tactics. He has a long way to go before he earns the trust of our community. Here is the link to his paper….

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Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/20/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

"Later, the NYPD sent him to the Middle East as part of a terrorism intelligence-gathering unit. Based in Amman, Jordan" which was illegal and racist.

A man who supports racial profiling as police chief? Bad idea.

This is what used to be called a "puff" piece.

4 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Baruch Zeichner on 07/14/2016 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

Completely agree with you Laura Hale. Yet another article about the Chief of Police in which he still does not tackle what he is willing to do to address the facts that there is proven data of extreme racial profiling in Vermont. With a Mayor that has 2 black children I hope that the Mayor will encourage the Chief to bring up these tough issues and what he plans to do to address the racism within his department. Time for the tough questions, and tougher answers.

5 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Stephanie Griffin on 07/14/2016 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

In 11 months del Pozo has:
-unnecessarily wounded one man
-unnecessarily murdered two men
-bungled the KKK leaflet issue
-arrested two men wearing Anonymous masks at a BLM demonstration
-failed to alert Burlington women after an alleged rape at the downtown courthouse
-forced the shutdown of hip-hop acts and then the Zen Lounge itself by pressuring zoning board
-wages war on the poor and homeless on behalf of Weinberger's classist/racist gentrification

This was a morally despicable puff piece. Fire this "erudite" thug

8 likes, 25 dislikes
Posted by Albert Petrarca on 07/14/2016 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

How about putting those repeat offenders on the clean up detail in Burlington Square. Don't pay a fine or incarcerate, take their boredom away with a job in public

12 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bill Magnus on 07/13/2016 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Burlington's Top Cop, Brandon del Pozo, Aims to Rewrite Policing

I appreciate this thorough and thoughtful article on the chief. I would have loved to have heard comments from the local Black Lives Matters organizers, though, and the Champlain Area NAACP. Maybe they can weigh in?

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Posted by Laura Hale on 07/13/2016 at 7:35 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I thought that Mr. Spencer's comment "Those willing to pay more should have an easier time finding spots in the downtown core, while the frugally minded can find plenty of cheaper spots..." was offensive on a couple of levels. Does "frugally minded" refer to the VT-discounted wages of those of us who are in positions that have not kept up with inflation while food, entertainment and all of life's other expenses have? Or who supposedly moved here and took a wage cut to enjoy the "quality of life"? Many hard working and overeducated Vermonters do not earn enough to throw away any extra money, even to the tune of $0.50/hour or after 6pm. There is an insensitivity to those who work and live here year 'round to make the city and the region great who feel discounted by these new policies. As Councilor Wright described it, that feeling of being "ding-ed" enough.

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Posted by Chock Full o' Thoughts on 07/08/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

I work downtown and pay to park three times a week. It's nice to not have to worry about it on Sundays or after six (I work til 10). Also they're going to tear down my lot on King and St. Paul soon and then where will I park? I understand the need for income for the city, but can't they find it somewhere else? Does it have to come from quarters and dimes? Maybe they could enforce a few more traffic laws and the fines from that could go toward the garages?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by VermonterJones on 07/04/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

Tiki makes a very good point. "Free parking" is paid for by everyone, even the people who don't own cars or seldom drive downtown. This is unfair to them and it contributes to the parking problems downtown. If we subsidize something it should be the bus system which serves everyone and actually contributes to solving the parking problem.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brian Perkins on 07/03/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

People are seriously upset that the meters go to 10 PM now? You can just park on College Street or Fletcher Free Library for free after 6 PM. Also, are people not aware of how cheap Burlington is for parking compared to Boston? I realize we aren't Boston, but we certainly don't have it bad. Well, unless you listen to that whack-job Kurt Wright that is...

7 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Thommy Taber on 06/30/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

It's a shame no DPW commissioners were given the opportunity to be interviewed. They are the volunteer team that sifted through all the studies, data and evidence to find that the average taxpayer was subsidizing downtown visitors prior to these changes.

16 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 06/29/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “In Burlington, Sunday Parking Could Cost You

It seems that Mayor Weinberger is gouging the residents and giving breaks to developers at every turn. In just the recently posted articles we see developers get to rent the new marina for chicken scratch while residents have to pay more for parking at the same time the high school is falling apart.

20 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Mark Lade on 06/29/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

The City of Burlington relinquished title to the land when they began collecting property tax on it. To maintain their (City) interest in the property, the City must refund ALL property taxes collected less the the accrued "rent".

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Posted by Rich Shea on 06/16/2016 at 6:00 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

It is not just municipalities. The University of Vermont has lease lands as well, and not just in Chittenden County.

Posted by Sharon Toborg on 06/15/2016 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Historical Land Claims Trip Up Burlington Homeowners

This could be a nice class action suit against the city for these people that have been paying property taxes as owners of the land for a very long time. If the city owned the land then the owners should not be paying taxes on the land they do not own. The city should have given the quit claim to the people and all those who have been paying taxes on the land for decades for all the parcels that are shown on the map.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ted Miles on 06/09/2016 at 8:09 AM

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